Kerala’s most high-profile cricketer Sanju Samson is in trouble. The Kerala Cricket Association (KCA) has decided to form a four-member committee to inquire into alleged acts of indiscipline committed by Sanju during the ongoing Ranji season. The KCA is likely to serve Sanju with the show-cause notice on Thursday itself.
The committee will inquire all accusations of breach of discipline from Sanju this season which includes his unauthorized absence from the team for a considerable period of time during the game against Goa in Mumbai, his unruly behaviour in the team dressing room and his father’s ‘abusive’ telephone call to KCA president TC Mathew last Saturday.
Though there were disciplinary issues with the cricketer on a couple of occasions earlier in the season, the KCA had turned a blind eye towards its most high-profile cricketer. But the state cricket body decided to act tough on Sanju after the cricketer’s father’s alleged ‘abusive’ phone call to its president.
Sanju is not part of Kerala’s playing XI in the ongoing Ranji Trophy game against Tripura in Cuttack. After scoring 154 against Jammu and Kashmir in the season opener, Sanju had a poor run with the bat and managed just 180 runs in his next 10 innings this season. In fact, the KCA top brass decided not to include the 22-year-old for the game against Tripura after he managed just 0 and 7 in the last game against Andhra.
On learning that he wouldn’t be selected for the game against Tripura, Sanju requested the KCA to release him from the Kerala squad so that he could undergo rehabilitation at the National Cricket Academy, Bengaluru, for his injured knee. The KCA didn’t accept his request and asked the player to remain with the Kerala squad in Cuttack. This seems to have miffed the Rajasthan Royals cricketer. It is alleged that Sanju’s father, Samson Viswanadh, rang up KCA president TC Mathew twice last Saturday to present his son’s case and turned abusive during the midst of the two telephonic conversations. Indications are that Samson also called up another KCA official on the same day and vented his ire against him too.KCA president TC Mathew refused to confirm or deny the development. “It is not right on my part to comment on the matter for which you are seeking a reaction. All I know is that there was a meeting of office-bearers of KCA and the selectors on Tuesday and i think they have taken some decisions. I recused myself from that meeting,” Mathew said.
Samson on his part acknowledged the fact that he had made a telephone call to Mathew but denied abusing the KCA president during the midst of the conversation. “It’s true that I rang up Mathew. But there is no truth in the allegation that I abused him. Why should I abuse the KCA president who has worked tirelessly for the betterment of the game? I won’t play with my child’s future. I don’t know from where such baseless stories emanate,” Samson told to media from Thiruvananthapuram.
However, KCA secretary Ananthanarayan confirmed to media that a four-member enquiry committee consisting of KCA office bearers and players will inquire into Sanju’s indiscipline.
“TR Balakrishnan, Sreejith V Nair, S Ramesh will be part of the enquiry committee. A fourth member, a former player, will also be added to the committee on Thursday. Sanju was missing for six hours after getting out for a duck against Goa in Mumbai. He didn’t tell anyone where he was going. Now his father seems to have insulted our president during a telephone call. We wouldn’t allow such ridiculous behaviour from the players nor their family members. The inquiry committee will get to the bottom of the matter and submit its report to KCA. We will then decide on what kind of disciplinary action needs to be taken against the player,” Ananthanarayan told to media